Potter denies Kelly at Greenbrier Classic
Ted Potter Jr held his nerve to secure his first win on the PGA Tour at the Greenbrier Classic after a tense play-off with Troy Kelly.
Potter earned his spot on the Tour by finishing second on the Nationwide money list last year but had hardly set the golfing world alight before Sunday, missing five straight cuts heading into West Virginia. However the world number 218 showed some remarkable form in the final five holes of the competition. Kelly looked as though he was on course to win his first PGA Tour event in regulation play but Potter overcame a four-shot deficit to force a play-off as he finished birdie-eagle to complete a round of 64. Fellow rookie Kelly could only match that with his 66 as both finished on 16-under. Potter missed birdie opportunities at the first two holes before sinking a 4ft putt to grab a cheque for over $1million and in the process secure his card for the PGA Tour for the next two years. "It was just a big relief,'' Potter said. ''All the struggles the last few weeks, knowing that now I've got a couple years to try to improve on my game and win some more tournaments.'' Charlie Wi and rookie Charlie Beljan were tied for third two shots back, while overnight leader Webb Simpson saw his challenge disintegrate on the back nine after three straight bogeys - the US Open champion eventually finishing in a share of seventh.